We love sharing fun ideas that will inspire people to grow something edible no matter where they live. This post is dedicated to everyone, but especially to those of you who thought you didn’t have enough space to grow a little of your own food at home.
Sprouts are very easy to grow, incredibly nutritious, and add flavor to salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and many more mealtime favorites. Are you ready to learn how to grow and harvest your own fresh sprouts year round from the comfort of your kitchen?
Sprouts in 4 Simple Steps
Supplies: Sprouting seeds, a wide-mouth quart mason jar with a ring, a stainless steel sprouting screen to fit the jar, water (filtered or well), and a small bowl.
Step 1: Select & Soak Sprouting Seeds
There are a number of seeds that can be sprouted. But, if you are new to growing sprouts at home then give alfalfa, broccoli, clover, or radish sprouting seeds a try. They are easy to grow and can be eaten raw (once sprouted, that is!). When sprouting these small seeds, one to two tablespoons is all you need to fill one quart size glass jar with tasty, crunchy sprouts.
To a clean mason jar, add the measured sprouting seeds. Fill jar halfway with cold filtered or well water. Secure stainless steal sprouting screen in place of the lid using a wide-mouth jar ring. Let seeds soak in the water for 8-12 hours away from direct sunlight.
Step 2: Drain, Fill, Swirl, Rinse, & Tilt!
Leaving the sprouting screen in place, pour the water out of the jar. Fill the jar halfway with cold water, swirl to rinse the seeds, then pour water out again. Set the jar in a small bowl at a 45° angle to allow any remaining water to drain excess water. Set the bowl aside on your kitchen counter out of direct sunlight. At this point it is important to make sure your sprouting seeds do not sit in standing water as this can cause them to spoil.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2
Repeat Step 2 at least two times a day for the next 5-10 days. Keep in mind that sprouts germinate and grow more quickly in a warmer room, but there is no need to turn the heat up just to grow your sprouts! If your house is cold, give your sprouts a little extra time to germinate and mature. If your house is warm then it’s a good idea to rinse your sprouts three times a day.
Step 4: Eat or Store
Wow, look at all those sprouts! Once long tails have formed and your sprouts have turned a green it’s time to place them in a colander for the final rinse. Place the colander under cold running water to remove any extra hulls or seeds that did not germinate. As is true with freshly harvested vegetables, herbs, and fruit, it’s best to eat your homegrown sprouts immediately for maximum flavor and nutritional value. To store sprouts rinse thoroughly then blot dry with a tea towel before placing them in an airtight container in your fridge. On average these sprouts will keep for 3-4 days.
Special Note: The jar method is just one of a few ways you can grow your own sprouts. Some people use a reusable hemp fiber sprouting bag, others use unbleached cheesecloth in place of the stainless steel screen. We encourage you to do your own research before you begin to grow your own sprouts. May today’s post serve to guide and inspire you on your sprouting journey!
Sprouts are Tasty & Nutritious
There is no doubt about it. Sprouts are easy to grow, taste great, and are remarkably nutritious. When a seed begins to sprout, its vitamin and mineral content dramatically increases to support growth. Sprouts are excellent sources of vitamins A, C, and E (natural antioxidants) and essential minerals.
- Radish sprouts contain as much vitamin C as a grapefruit and ten times the amount of calcium!
- Alfalfa sprouts are high in iron and zinc.
- Like radish sprouts, broccoli sprouts (shown growing at the right) belong to the brassica family which is the reason they taste a bit spicy.
Share your Comments
Sprouts are wonderful in all sorts of culinary creations. What is your favorite kind of sprouts? Do you grow your own sprouts at home? Do you have a favorite sprouting resource (a book, magazine, or online article) you care to share? Please post your comments!